2001 Kia Rio from North America

Summary:

It's a Lemon

Faults:

It has stopped running three times now.

I would never ever ever buy another one.

I spent more money trying to fix it than to buy it.

General Comments:

It's an okay car if you just need to drive down the street; otherwise I wouldn't use it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2011

2001 Kia Rio 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Inexpensive, reliable, good for the money

Faults:

The check engine light has been on and off since I bought the car, and although the code reader said thermostat and I had it replaced, this problem persists. The engine runs cooler than appropriate, which may be related to that problem, which causes the heater to not be very warm!

At about 100,000 miles, my car overheated while idling for a short period. The radiator was replaced however, the engine still overheats when idling for much more than 15 minutes.

The gears work very hard, and will grind if you don't shift at precisely the right RPM, and always grind while downshifting. I asked the dealer about this problem when I test drove it, and they attributed it to the engine being cold, but this just seems to be a design flaw.

Also around 100,000 miles, a belt began squeaking in the engine at slow speeds, and although I've had it adjusted 2 or 3 times, the problem always recurs. It seems to affect the alternator, I've had it replaced twice in the past year (120,000 and 130,000 miles).

General Comments:

Despite the above problems, this car has been extremely reliable and enduring for the money I paid! I bought it for $3,000 with 63,000 miles on it, and have put 80,000 on it with minimal repairs. Without a doubt this is a basic and somewhat cheaply made car - it doesn't even have a trunk release! If you are looking for luxury or perfection, then this car is not for you.

If you are looking for something reliable, with some annoying, but not devastating problems, then the Rio is a good choice. I am not the best caretaker of my vehicles in terms of oil changes etc, and that, coupled with the miles I've put on, make me very impressed with the way my car has held up. It's very economical, the tires are small and inexpensive, and I get 25-35 mpg. It also handles well as any front wheel car in the snow - I live in the Great Lakes region of NY, and this car has no trouble going through heavy, heavy snow!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2010

2001 Kia Rio from North America

Summary:

Most reliable car

Faults:

The only problem I had with my Rio was after 100,000 miles, the alternator went out, but the dealer was able to get my car in that day, and it was fixed over the weekend.

General Comments:

My Kia Rio doesn't have the quickest take off, but has decent speed (not power).

It always starts up right away, whether it's -20 degrees (which it is half the year) or 100 degrees.

I have heard that the timing belt snaps ever 50,000 miles, so every 40,000 I replace the belt (which I would recommend to any Rio owners, I've seen it happen in many Rio's).

The air conditioning works great, and the heat warms the car up real fast (the interior is small, so it doesn't have much room to warm).

It's the perfect size for the average slender woman.

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2010

2001 Kia Rio 1.5 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Satisfied

Faults:

This car has been good to me. The only thing is a broken exhaust pipe (my fault).

General Comments:

This car's great. It's almost indestructible. Or it has been to me so far. We've taken this off road, through the mud and a small river when it flooded. (engine light came on and it smoked a bit, but nothing much). We lit a firecracker off in this car. Hit a mud hole and suck down to the frame and still got out. Ran the underside of my chassis over curbs. Hit snow banks pushing 35. This car's handled it all well. I've had no problems like some people have written they've had on here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2010